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Stork, Black
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Ciconia nigra
Afghanistan, Africa, Albania, Angola, Asia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Isles, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Central Africa, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Africa, Eastern Cape Province, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, England, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Free State Province, Gauteng Province, Germany, Global Read more
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The global population is estimated to number c.24,000-44,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2006), while national population estimates include: < c.100,000 breeding pairs and < c.1,000 individuals on migration in China; < c.50 individuals on migration and < c.50 wintering in ...
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The stork family contains several genera in three major groups: the open-billed and wood storks (Mycteria and Anastomus), the giant storks (Ephippiorhynchus, Jabiru and Leptoptilos), and the "typical storks", Ciconia. The typical storks include the White Stork and six other extant species, which are characterised by straight bills and mainly black and white plumage.[ 2] Within the genus Ciconia, the Black Stork's closest relatives are the other European species, the White Stork and its former subspecies, the black-billed Oriental White Stork of east Asia.[ 3] The Black Stork was found to be basal in analysis of mitochondrial cytochrome b DNA by Beth Slikas in 1997.[ 4] Fossil remains have been recovered from Miocene beds Rusinga and Maboko Islands in Kenya, which are indistinguishable from the White and Black Storks.[ 5] ...
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